12th September 2013
Simon Callow questions calls for Russian Olympic boycott 34
1:07 PM — Actor and director Simon Callow has questioned calls for a boycott of the Russian Winter Olympics Games in Sochi next year, claiming: “boycotts are rarely effective, talking is.”
11th September 2013
Rugby star Stuart Reardon: Anti-gay laws in Russia ‘disgusting’ but I don’t support a boycott of Sochi 53
3:49 PM — Professional rugby league player and model Stuart Reardon has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia, but says that he does not support a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, because he thinks athletes should not be punished.
10th September 2013
Michael Jordan’s daughter comes out as gay on Instagram 6
1:57 PM — The daughter of NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, has come out as gay by posting a picture of her and her girlfriend on Instagram.
9th September 2013
FIFA to urge Qatar to relax anti-gay legislation ahead of 2022 World Cup 26
6:19 PM — The international football governing body FIFA's taskforce is to put pressure on Qatar to relax its anti-gay legislation ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
Russia: Sochi organisers persuade Olympics Committee to help ‘stop this campaign’ over anti-gay laws 42
10:41 AM — The head of the Sochi Olympics has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to "stop this campaign and this speculation" over Russia's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
8th September 2013
Tom Daley: ‘I am not gay — but I wouldn’t be ashamed if I were’ 45
11:16 AM — Olympic diver Tom Daley, who was named Attitude magazine's "sexiest man in the world," has said he is not gay, although he would not be ashamed if he were.
6th September 2013
UK’s first transgender wrestler set to partake in first wrestling matches 7
5:11 PM — At 24 years of age Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham is set to become the UKs first transgender wrestler when she steps into the ring.
3rd September 2013
Openly gay Hope Powell sacked as England women’s football coach 6
3:36 PM — The openly gay coach of the women's England football team has been sacked following bad results at the Euro 2013 competition, despite becoming known for drastically raising the profile of England women's football.
2nd September 2013
Subtitle error goes viral: ‘Gaelic football’ transcribed as ‘gay football’ in Dublin and Kerry match 3
3:07 PM — A subtitling error during yesterday’s Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) match between Dublin and Kerry has gone viral after being posted on Twitter.
1st September 2013
Ultimate Fighting Championship boss unaware of Russian anti-gay law as he looks to establish show there 6
3:00 PM — The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has expressed a desire to set up a show in Russia, and when asked, said he had no knowledge of anti-gay legislation introduced in June.
31st August 2013
US: Women’s basketball star protests against same-sex marriage 64
1:39 PM — A Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player has spoke out against an LGBT anti-discrimination bill in San Antonio, saying she does not support same-sex marriages.
30th August 2013
Australian tennis star announces she is gay and that she is now a mother 7
7:40 PM — An Australian tennis star surprised fans this week with by announcing publicly that she is gay, as well as the birth of her first child.
Study: Young footballers more accepting of gay team mates 2
10:50 AM — Young footballers on the verge of becoming professional are now much more likely to be supportive of gay team mates compared to a decade ago, according to new research.
26th August 2013
IOC Vice President: There will be no discrimination at the Sochi Winter Olympics 34
7:03 PM — A Vice President of the IOC says he’s confident the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
24th August 2013
US: Jason Collins to introduce Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at VMAs for equal marriage hit
9:31 PM — Openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins will on Sunday evening take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis when they perform their equal marriage themed summer hit.
23rd August 2013
BBC asks whether tougher bans for homophobic football fans are an ‘overreaction’ 41
12:27 PM — A Twitter question from BBC Newsbeat has asked followers whether bans for football fans who use homophobic language is an "overreaction", and questions whether homophobic chants constitute "abuse", or whether it is just "banter".
New police policy set out to tackle ‘frighteningly often’ occurrences of homophobia at football matches 3
11:47 AM — A new policy for tacking homophobic abuse by football supporters has been set out, which names homophobia as the last major form of discrimination at football mateches, and which, including a "robust prosecution policy" for dealing with both online and offline abuse.
22nd August 2013
Russia defends anti-gay law in open letter to International Olympic Committee 5
3:16 PM — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received a letter from the Russian Government defending an anti-gay law introduced in the country in June, saying it will remain in place during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, but also saying gay people will not be discriminated against at the games.
21st August 2013
International Olympic Committee urged to select Madrid for 2020 games due to LGBT inclusivity 17
6:09 PM — Amid a storm of controversy surrounding the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will soon choose the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and is being urged to use LGBT inclusivity as a key deciding factor.